The páramo of Chingaza, located on the Eastern branch of the Andes, only an hour away by land from Bogotá, between the Departments of Cundinamarca and Meta, is a veritable water factory. Frailejones and swamp mosses stand out among its flora and absorb up to 40 times their weight in water. The fauna in Chingaza is very beautiful: it is possible to observe animals as rare as the spectacled bear, deer, the páramo tapir, the puma, the Andean condor, and the gallito de roca (Rupicola peruviana).

From the minute the traveler enters the park, he can admire the imposing landscape of páramo and Andean jungle: valleys, mountains, lakes, and waterfalls are the main attractions along the road. The Siecha and Buitrago lakes and the Monte Redondo sector are well worth a visit.


  • Chingaza provides 80% of Bogota’s high quality potable water, thus making the park an indispensable area for the life of the city’s inhabitants.
  • Mythological lakes, mountain vegetation and the famous frailejones may be admired.
  • The solitary melancholic atmospheres of the páramos are the park’s main attraction.

How to get there

An hour’s ride from Bogotá by the Bogotá-Fómeque or the Bogotá-La Calera-Piedras Gordas road; both are paved and in good condition.

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Siecha Lake, sacred place for the Muisca indians, surrounded by frailejones
Photo by Inga Locmele

Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Chingaza full of nature and wildlife.

This natural area was a ceremonial center and a sacred place for the Muisca Indians. At present it has a totally peasant population, with unique and authentic cultural patterns. The park staff offers one of the most modern camping sites in South America.


Chingaza Lake is surrounded by colorful and unique vegetable species
Photo by Omam Biyik Pauline

Discover the vibrating colors of the nature in Chingaza.

The park has quite a variety of important vegetable species. In the surroundings of Chingaza Lake, not less than 383 species of plants have been reported and it is estimated that the total flora of the park may be over 2,000 species. There are eight species of moss, ecological marvels that absorb up to 40 times their weight.

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Andean Bear in the middle of the Paramo of Chingaza's vegetation
Photo by Sergio Blanco Inzunza

The Andean Bear is one of the most common species of animals you can find in Chingaza.

Spectacled bears, deer, Andean condors, are found in the park, as well as guans, el pumas, opossums, and toucans. In addition to six amphibian and six reptile species, approximately 180 bird species have been sighted in the area.


Chingaza National Natural Park lakes and natural landscape
Photo by Inga Locmele

While hiking you can admire the beautiful fauna and flora of the park.

  • Trekking
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Photography
  • Observation of fauna and flora


  • Siecha Lake, with archaeological remains of the Muisca culture
  • Chuza Dam
  • Monte Redondo sector
  • Suasie, Laguna Seca, and La Arboleda paths
  • Los Cóndores observation point
  • City: Bogotá D.C. (Financial, cultural, and academic center of the country)